Happy Hounds News
October 2014

The holidays are right around the corner, beginning with Halloween. Happy Hounds is proud to be a sponsor of the City of Plymouth Howl-ween Costume Contest on October 19th so check out the details below and please be sure and share a photo of your pup in their favorite costume with us!

On October 20th we will be celebrating our October Birthday Party with a delicious doggie birthday cake!

Plus, Happy Hounds Halloween Party/during daycare hours: on October 31, the pooches will bob for Cheerioes, carrots, and healthy treats: with lots of pics to follow....
With the Thanksgiving coming up be sure to check out the Dog Approved People Food list below to ensure your dog has the best holiday ever!




Christine Perez
Happy Hounds


October Pin-Ups
This beautiful boy is Bruce, a shepherd mix . Bruce joined the Happy Hounds family in June 2012 at the age of one. What a handsome lad he is! Bruce is just full of love and happiness.  He's everyone's best friend. Always so eager to meet the new kids and engage in a old wrestling match.

This lovely lady is Lily, a boxer mix. Lily joined the Happy Hounds family in August 2013 at the age of 6. She's still very much a puppy at heart! Lily excels in playing ball. She's always the first to charge into the basement, looking for a never ending game of fetch.

This little squish is Otis, a bulldog. Otis joined the Happy Hounds family in July 2010 at the age of one. What a fun loving pup. Otis is often found either going full speed, barreling around the basement, running laps or sprawled out in the middle of the floor charging his energy for the next big spurt.

This goofy guy is Vinny, a boxer. Vinny joined the Happy Hounds family in September 2013 at the age of 8 months. He's often found frolicking and wrestling with any and everyone. Vinny definitely keeps us all laughing with his silly antics. How can you not love that squishy face?


October Birthdays
These wonderful Happy Hounds pups celebrate another joyous, fun loving bone-chewing, birthday... oh yeah we will be having our monthly birthday cake too on Monday, October 20th!

Belle B., Sam M., Lupin G., Howie P., Bella C., Bridget D., Rocko M., Topher T.,Chewy H.,Cujo H.,Magnus S.,Brandi F., Gunner H., Chibs C., Dax O., Zeus K.,Bear J., Oliver K., Paulie T., Willow D., Rue O., Rufis B., Colbie K., Wilson C., Copo H., Jack L., Carlos V., Frankie K.,Comet K., Dusty E., Daisy R., Maci S., Bella D

Dog Approved People Food

Sometimes we can't resist slipping our dogs an occasional human morsel. If you'd like to reward your pet with a table scrap, make sure that you choose people foods that are safe for canine tummies. Vets say that the upcoming holiday season (Thanksgiving through Christmas) has the highest incidence of pancreatitis in dogs - a potentially fatal illness. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, diarrhea so of course we want to avoid this at all costs. If your dog exhibits these symptoms after holiday treats take them to your vet right away.

Below are a few "dog-approved" people foods - pumpkin included:

1. Peanut butter. A favorite treat of many canines. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Stuff peanut butter into a Kong to keep your dog busy for hours. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter.

2. Cooked chicken. Can be slipped into the bowl along with your dog's regular food to add a spice and extra protein to its diet. This also makes a good meal replacement if you're in a pinch and out of dog food.

3. Cheese. A great treat for a dog as long as she isn't lactose intolerant, which a small percentage are. Make sure to monitor your dog's reaction. Opt for low or reduced fat varieties and don't overfeed, as many cheeses can be high in fat. Cottage cheese is typically a good choice.

4. Baby carrots. Good for a dog's teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A.

5. Yogurt. High in calcium and protein. But make sure to only choose yogurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Yogurts with active bacteria can act as a probiotic and are good for your dog's digestive system.

6. Salmon. A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are responsible for keeping your dog's coat healthy and shiny, as well as supporting your dog's immune system. Feed your dog cooked salmon, add salmon oil to her food bowl, or slip him some of your unwanted fish skins.

7. Pumpkin. Good source of fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. It can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.

8. Eggs. Scrambling up an egg for your pup is a great way to give her diet a protein boost. Eggs are also a source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium, making them a healthy snack.

9. Green Beans.Make a great treat for your dog since they are filling and low in calories. Select beans that have no added salt.

10. Apple Slices. Help to clean residue off a dog's teeth, which helps to freshen her breath. Apples are a good source of fiber as well as vitamin A and C. Make sure to take out the seeds and the core before feeding to your dog, as these can be choking hazards.

11. Oatmeal. A great source of soluble fiber, which can be especially beneficial to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues. It is also a great alternate grain for dogs allergic to wheat. Make sure to cook oatmeal before serving it to your dog. Do not add any sugar or flavor additives.

These are just a few of the human foods that you can toss your dog's way. Remember to try them in small amounts. If your dog experiences any sort of reaction, immediately consult a veterinarian. Before giving your dog any people food, do your research to make sure it's safe. Never feed your dog toxic human items such as: chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, avocadoes, alcohol, or coffee. Consult your veterinarian with any questions on what is safe and what is harmful.
Friendly Reminders
When boarding your dog with us, we MUST have your dogs updated vaccination records 48 hours BEFORE he/she begin boarding.  If you are traveling abroad, we also will need a local contact in case of emergency.

Your dog MUST have a snap "quick release" collar for day care and boarding, with no tags attached. You can keep the snap collar in your Happy Hounds backpack.  If this is not his/her daily collar we will change it out when your dogs arrive at Happy Hounds.  This is important for your dogs safety.

About Happy Hounds
This summer we celebrated 10 great years of cage-free, fun-loving service with our day care facilities and our overnight lodging. Our staff is dedicated to your dog's fun and well-being. Please visit us online to learn about us and services. You can also watch our online web cams anytime.
Happy Hounds
673 South Main St.
Plymouth, Michigan 48170
In This Issue
October Pin-Ups
October Birthdays
Dog Approved People Food
Friendly Reminders
It's October!
Happy Hounds is a proud sponsor of the 6th Annual Howl-ween Pet Costume Contest presented by the city of Plymouth on Sunday October 19th, noon to 1 p.m.
Registration at 11:30 a.m. It is free to enter. Prizes will be given for first, second and third place winners at Kellogg Park in Plymouth. For more info call 734-453-1540

Happy Hounds celebrates our dog birthdays every third Monday of the month! These are the most well behaved pups enjoying their cake!
Our October cake will be served up on October 20th!